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Humanities are academic disciplines that study aspects of human culture. In the Middle Ages, the term contrasted with divinity and referred to what is now called classics, Today, the humanities are more frequently contrasted with natural, and sometimes social, sciences as well as professional training.
From the very little one can gather from a 3 hour conversation, Annie Jacobsen is an awesome Journalist with a crazy “professional” obsession with the dark and untold, while also an almost morbid fascination with truth. Obviously this is not uncommon and this is her books are so tempting.
Perhaps, before we go to the books, you might enjoy Joe Rogan Experience #1299 – Annie Jacobsen , Joe Rogan who has a superb podcast.
Annie Jacobesen BIO
ANNIE JACOBSEN is a former Los Angeles Times journalist, bestselling author, and 2016 Pulitzer Prize finalist in history. Her nonfiction books are AREA 51, OPERATION PAPERCLIP, THE PENTAGON’S BRAIN, and PHENOMENA. She also writes television.
Jacobsen went to Princeton University where she was taught writing by Joyce Carol Oates and Paul Auster, studied Greek, and served as Captain of the Princeton Women’s Varsity Ice Hockey Team. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband Kevin and their two sons.
This is a really cool crash course play-list on Big History. Its a great first piece of cognitive structure to build in an infinitely detailed ( And subject to mayor changes) as the time frames of the history chunks studied here are very big and subject to be in almost their entirety theoretical.
It dabs on physics, natural history, archeology and many other fields of study.
It beings as an intellectual movement in ancient Greece that strives to learn more, to know more than social convention allowed back then. Today’s conventions are also a vail on truth. As behavioral economics teaches us, we are not logical by nature, we are prone to get erroneous ideas about the world that surrounds us. Philosophy then searches to learn how to learn. As something that helps us gain truth and reality. This would eventually lead to the scientific method. It means love of wisdom, and implicitly a search for truth. Also early on the use for philosophers are your general clear thinkers was widely spread, like a consultant so to speak. Philosophy has seemed to be reduced to entertainment and academia.
As science emerged fro philosophy, philosophy still remains at the spearpoint of exploration of reality, of truth. It is now the main tool to ask some of the biggest questions we have.
There are three big layers in Philosophy:
Metaphysics, that studies the nature of reality. ( And is more and is becoming quite relevant to Theoretical Physics).
Epistemology, the branch that studies the nature of knowledge.
Ethics: The bran of philosophy that studies and evaluate human conduct and if things are good or bad.
Aesthetics: The branch of philosophy that studies the nature of beauty.
Philosophy, in the end, is a way to make to keep track some of the more lower layered meta-structures of our existence. Like the foundations of a house, philosophy builds from real abstractions of reality constructing cognitive meta-structures of how we understand things, creating the platforms on which science and art flourish.
Basic linguistics dissect the study of language into these sub-fields Syntax, Semantics, Morphology, Phonetics, and Phonology.
Syntax refers to the structure of language, the order of the kinds of words we use to transmit ideas. Different languages have different syntax structures that can be very complex. For example, You friend’s sister’s brother’s second through after his first puff of a joint. “The structure and context of the language gave you a very particular idea”.
Semantics refers to the meaning of language, the difference between explicit or ambiguity. For example the difference between a pen ( To write) and animal pen.
Morphology: The structure of works, the smallest unit of meaning can be extracted from words, for example, Bird. How are mani ideas compound in this word? Well, 2. 1 it refers to the animal, and 2, it has an s. So it’s plural. Now “Establishment” comes from “Establish” and add “ment” and you create a completely new meaning.
Phonetics: The properties and the sounds of the words and how they are created. For example the study of S vs Z. Try to create both sounds and move from one to the other and pay attention to the different parts of your body that are used to create the sounds and the differences.
Phonology: Patterns of sounds, this studies the variations and similarities of the different sound patterns created by one syllable. For example the differences between “Ebay and bay vs ebay and pay”.
Kim Stanley Robinson talks about the problems caused by global climate change. He strives to address these issues through his novels. He also talks about a group of dimensions that should be considered at all times: Science, Technology and the Spiritual.
Peter Beagle plays “The Elderly Gentleman’s Song.” Peter Soyer Beagle (born April 20, 1939) is an American novelist and screenwriter, especially fantasy fiction. His best-known work is The Last Unicorn (1968), a fantasy novel he wrote in his twenties, which Locussubscribers voted the number five “All-Time Best Fantasy Novel” in 1987. During the last twenty-five years he has won several literary awards, including a World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement in 2011. He was named Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master by the SFWA in 2018. – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_S._Beagle
Author James Morrow talks about “The Last Witchfinder”, and discusses the rise of the modern Age of Reason, “a historical-fiction that uses that uses witchhunts as a means to introduce the titanic paradigm change that represents a shift from renaissance, that admires the cultural past, to the era of enlightenment, where we become authors of new discoveries and become pragmatical and science-based. James Morrow (born March 17, 1947) is an American novelist and short-story writer known for filtering large philosophical and theological questions through his satiric sensibility. Most of Morrow’s oeuvre has been published as science fiction and fantasy, but he is also the author of two unconventional historical novels, The Last Witchfinder and Galápagos Regained. He variously describes himself as a “scientific humanist,” a “bewildered pilgrim,” and a “child of the Enlightenment.” Morrow presently lives in State College, Pennsylvania with his second wife, Kathryn Smith Morrow, his son Christopher, and his two dogs. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_K._Morrow
Author Howard Waldrup talks about his beginnings as a fan artist and writer. He also discusses his extensive short fiction work, his fondness for creating subtly alternate worlds, and his love of classic movies. This interview was recorded on 10/15/2005 and shown as part of episode 188 of Fast Forward: Contemporary Science Fiction.
Author Tom Doyle talks about “The Wizard of Macatawa,” the story that won him a Washington Science Fiction Association Small Press Award. He also relates his experience at the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop, and how he drew upon time living in Japan to create fantasy fiction.
This interview was originally part of episode #227 of Fast Forward: Contemporary Science Fiction. It was recorded on 4/29/2009.
An interview with science fiction author Edward M. Lerner, discussing his novel, InterstellarNet: Enigma. Mr. Lerner also talks about the other books in his InterstellarNet series, his writing process, and his collaboration with Larry Niven on the Fleet of Worlds book series.
This interview was recorded on August 1st, 2015, and was shown as part of episode #280 of Fast Forward: Contemporary Science Fiction in October, 2015.
Award winning author Michael Swanwick discusses Hope-in-the-Mist, his non-fiction book about the life of Hope Mirrlees. He talks about her aristocratic life, her influential 1926 fantasy novel, Lud-in-the-Mist, and her poem, Paris. He also discusses his own recent fiction projects. This interview was recorded in 2009 and originally shown as part of episode 225. of Fast Forward: Contemporary Science fiction.
Author Maria V. Snyder talks about her book Storm Glass, the first volume in the Glass Book series. This series follows characters in the same fantasy universe as her popular Study Book series. The interview was originally shown as part of episode #224 of the television series Fast Forward: Contemporary Science Fiction.
Best selling author Laurell K. Hamilton talks about Danse Macabre, the 14th book in her Anita Blake series. She discusses the relationships of the major characters in the series, both human and vampire, and how she manages the large cast of characters in the books. She also discusses how she handles working on her other book series while still keeping the Anita Blake books on schedule. This interview was recorded on 7/06/2006 and was originally shown as part of episode 193 of Fast Forward: Contemporary Science Fiction.
The Chesley Awards are given by the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists for excellence in genre related art. This year (2015) the awards ceremony was held at Sasquan, the World Science Fiction Convention.
Author Naomi Novik talks about Her Majesty’s Dragon and Throne of Jade, the first two books in her Temeraire series. The series is a fantasy version of the Napoleonic Wars – but with dragons functioning as an air force. She discusses the roles of men, women & dragons in the society, and how the aviators and dragons are considered an “outcast” group. She also talks about her experience in writing for video games prior to writing novels. This interview was recorded at Balticon on 5/27/2006, and was originally shown as part of episode #192 of Fast Forward: Contemporary Science Fiction.
In this episode of Fast Forward: Contemporary Science Fiction, Mandy Sweeney and Jonathan Spencer talk about recent progress in the development of the museum, including educational programs and an architectural design contest.
This interview was conducted on 4/26/2015, and was included as part of Episode #279 of Fast Forward: Contemporary Science Fiction. The episode was first shown in August, 2015.
Author Peter S. Beagle talks about his life and writing career, including socializing with the poetry and theatre crowd in his teen years, crossing the US on a motor scooter, and his work as a musician and dishwasher. He also discusses several of his books, including The Last Unicorn, and the legal rights issues surrounding the animated film version of it. This interview was recorded on 5/28/2006 and originally shown as part of episode 191 of Fast Forward: Contemporary Science Fiction.
In this Fast Forward: Contemporary Science Fiction interview, award winning author Alan Smale talks about the publication of his first novel, Clash of Eagles, which is the first volume of a three book series. He also discusses his attraction to writing alternate history stories, and the research that it requires. Mr. Smale also briefly discusses his day job as an astronomer for NASA.
This interview was recorded on 4/26/2015. It was shown as part of Fast Forward episode #278 in July of 2015.
In this Fast Forward: Contemporary Science Fiction interview, author Genevieve Valentine talks about her childhood interest in fantasy and storytelling, as well as her first two novels, Mechanique and The Girls at the Kingfisher Club. She also discusses some of her other stories and her recent job of writing for the Catwoman comic. This interview was recorded on 10/10/2014, at the Capclave science fiction convention, before a live audience. This version on YouTube is the complete interview. A slightly shorter version (edited to fit the show length) was shown as part of Fast Forward episode #277 in May of 2015.
In Fast Forward’s first foray into short Skype interviews, author Alethea Kontis talks about Trixter, her upcoming “book number 2.5” in the Woodcutter Sisters series. This interview was recorded (via Skype) on April 19, 2015.
Author Will McIntosh discusses writing both short fiction and novels. He talks about expanding the award winning short story “Bridesicle” into Love Minus Eighty, a novel about love and dating in the future. He also discusses the social themes and challenges faced by the characters of his science fiction books. This interview was recorded on 10/10/2014, at the Capclave science fiction convention. This is the complete interview – a somewhat shorter version was originally shown as part of episode 276 of Fast Forward: Contemporary Science Fiction. That version of the interview was edited to fit within the time constraints of the television show.
Author Michael Swanwick talks about his novel, The Dragons of Babel. He discusses how he created a world where dragons and other fantasy elements are set in modern times and technologically up-to-date. He talks about several of the major characters in the book, as well as some of the research he conducted. Mr. Swanwick also reviews the growth and evolution of the classic fantasy novel over the past several decades, and talks about the blog articles and diagrams he posted while writing his book.
This interview was recorded on 4/29/2009 and originally shown as part of Episode #209 of Fast Forward: Contemporary Science Fiction in 2009.
In this Fast Forward: Contemporary Science Fiction interview, award winning author Neal Stephenson discusses his science fiction novel, Seveneves. He talks about the space industry and how humans react when facing disaster. Mr. Stephenson also discusses his reputation for writing strong female characters, his lifelong fascination with spaceflight, and the many years it took to complete this book.
This interview was recorded on 5/26/2015.
The inteview was originally shown as part of Fast Forward: CSF episode #281, and was first shown in November, 2015.
Fast Forward went to the Library of Congress for the Star Wars Readers’ Theater event, in connection with the release of the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie release. Hundreds of students enjoyed listening to and interacting with authors of the new young reader adaptations of the original movie trilogy. Here a few moments from the event.
In this interview for Fast Forward: Contemporary Science Fiction, author Jeri Smith-Ready talks about Wicked Game, her book about a radio station run by vampire DJs. She also talks about her “Crow” future fantasy series.
Author and illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi talks about The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight, his picture book adaptation of the original Star Wars trilogy. He also briefly mentions his upcoming book, The Story of Diva and Flea.
This interview was recorded on 12/07/2015, at the Library of Congress. It was recorded in connection with the Star Wars Readers’ Theater event.
Here’s a short interview with author Tom Angleberger, who talks about his young reader adaptation of Return of the Jedi, titled Beware the Power of the Dark Side! Mr. Angleberger also briefly discusses his Origami Yoda series of books, and his Rocket and Groot book that is being released in the Spring of 2016.
This interview was recorded on 12/07/2015, at the Library of Congress, as part of the Star Wars Readers’ Theater event.
A short interview with author Alexandra Bracken, who talks about her book The Princess, the Scoundrel and the Farm Boy, a new young reader adaptation of Star Wars: A New Hope. She also briefly discusses her Darkest Minds book series, and her upcoming book, Passenger.
This interview was recorded on 12/07/2015, at the Library of Congress, at the Star Wars Readers’ Theater event.
This is a short interview conducted at the Star Wars Readers’ Theater event at the Library of Congress, with author Adam Gidwitz. He talks about his young reader book Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back – So You Want to Be a Jedi.
The Fast Forward production team is saddened by the recent unexpected passing of editor and publisher David G. Hartwell. This is a tremendous loss to the science fiction community. We went looking through the Fast Forward archives and found this short, lighthearted interview with Mr. Hartwell from Anticipation, the 2009 World Science Fiction Convention, where he was the editor guest of honor.
In this mini-interview author Aliette de Bodard briefly describes the setting for her new novel, The House of Shattered Wings. She also discusses the differences between how the American and European markets approach the task of translating science fiction works.
This interview was recorded on August 20, 2015, at Sasquan, the 73rd World Science Fiction Convention.
Author Connie Willis returns to Fast Forward to talk about her latest novel, Crosstalk. The book is a romantic comedy that uses the trope of telepathy to examine relationships in our fast-paced, technology-obsessed society. Mrs. Willis also talks about her recent visit, with several other SF professionals, to the Space Telescope Science Institute, where the data from the Hubble Space Telescope is processed. In addition, she describes a few of the projects she is working on at the moment.
This interview was recorded on 5/28/2016, during the Balticon 50 science fiction convention. It was originally shown as part of episode #287 of Fast Forward: Contemporary Science Fiction, released in October of 2016.
Dr. Charles E. Gannon talks about the third book, Raising Caine, in his Caine Riordan series. He discusses the evolution of his characters as they try to survive in a complex political landscape. He also describes how he devises some of his alien races.
This interview was originally shown as part of episode #282 of Fast Forward: Contemporary Science fiction. The interview was recorded on December 16, 2015.
This interview with author, historian and composer Ada Palmer was conducted on location during Balticon 50, in Baltimore, MD. Ms. Palmer talks about her 2016 novel, Too Like the Lightning, She discusses how she uses her expertise in history to help her in her world building of a future society. She also talks about her involvement with the a cappella musical group Sassafrass, and her Norse-mythology-themed song cycle, Sundown: Whispers of Ragnarok. This interview was originally shown as part of Episode #286 of Fast Forward: Contemporary Science Fiction in August of 2016. The interview was conducted on May 28, 2016.